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The National Park System Advisory Board are citizen advisors chartered by Congress to help the National Park Service care for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

The Board was first authorized in 1935 under the Historic Sites, Buildings, and Antiquities Act. The Board advises the Director of the National Park Service and the Secretary of the Interior on matters relating to the National Park Service, the National Park System, and programs administered by the National Park Service, including the administration of the Historic Sites, Buildings, and Antiquities Act; the designation of national historic landmarks and national natural landmarks; and the national historic significance of proposed national historic trails. The Board may advise on matters submitted to the Board by the Director of the National Park Service and/or the Secretary of the Interior.

The Board's membership consists of no more than 12 individuals selected from among citizens of the United States having a demonstrated commitment to the mission of the National Park Service. Board members are selected to represent various geographic regions across the United States of America. Membership includes (1) four persons with outstanding expertise in the physical and/or social sciences, such as history or geography, archeology or anthropology, historical or landscape architecture, or biology, ecology, geology, or marine sciences, (2) three persons having outstanding expertise in management of national or state parks; forests, wildlife refuges, or other protected natural areas; historic areas or sites; or have an extensive background in natural or cultural resources management; and (3) five persons having outstanding expertise in professional or scientific disciplines that are important to the mission of the National Park Service, such as, financial management or business development; historical or recreational land use management or planning; business management, marketing or entrepreneurship; and of which at least one person also must have extensive private sector experience. Among all categories, at least one person must be a locally elected official from an area adjacent to a national park unit; and at least one person must be a veteran and/or have a physical impairment. Members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior for terms not to exceed four years.

Photo of NPSAB Member Andrew "Tuck" Beckstoffer


St. Helena, California

Term of appointment: 6/13/2018 - 6/13/2022

Though he grew up in a prominent Napa Valley grape-growing family and spent much of his early life learning about farming and viticulture from the ground up, it was in winemaking that Tuck Beckstoffer, proprietor of Tuck Beckstoffer Wines, found his passion. Having worked every summer of his young life in the vineyard, during college breaks Tuck had the opportunity to work in the cellars of highly regarded wineries such as Cakebread Cellars, Far Niente and Spring Mountain Winery, learning the craft of winemaking and sensory analysis from "guys who were truly making wine for the love of it." The experience left an impression. After a brief career as a professional sailor, Tuck spent time in Western Australia, further developing his understanding of winemaking and introducing new grape-growing and winemaking techniques to the Leeuwin Estate Winery in Margaret River. He returned to Napa Valley, landing at the start-up Plump Jack Winery where he was Director of Operations. When Tuck was offered fruit from the 1997 harvest, he fashioned 40 cases of a Cabernet Sauvignon that through word-of-mouth was sought after by restaurants and collectors. It was soon thereafter that Tuck decided to pursue his love of winemaking--and his desire to run his own wine business--full time. Tuck, who remembers the Napa Valley of the 1970s as full of open spaces, has a deep respect for the land. With a profound understanding of farming and what distinguishes a truly great growing site, Tuck sources grapes for his Seventy Five Wine Company, Hogwash, Melee, Amulet, Vinifera, Semper, Mockingbird and Tuck Beckstoffer labels from some of the finest vineyards, fashioning wines that are creative, pleasurable and memorable.
NPSAB Member Joseph S. Emert photo


Walland, Tennessee

Term of Appointment: 6/13/2018 - 6/13/2022
Qualifications for selection: HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Joseph "Joe" Emert is a 7th generation East Tennessean who grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, and whose family were early settlers of Tennessee. He was raised on family stories of the area while spending time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, especially the Townsend, Tremont and Cades Cove areas. He and Cindy, his wife of 42 years, have visited, hiked, and backpacked national parks across the country. They were early supporters of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, the Appalachian Bear Rescue and Co-Chaired the group that built the Sam Houston Statue, "You Shall Hear of Me," in Maryville. He serves on the East Tennessee Historical Society Board of Directors as Past President and on the Board of Directors for the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Emert is a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and served on the Board of Advisors for the College of Nursing. A former Chancellor's Associate for the University, he has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni and Accomplished Alumni of the University of Tennessee. Upon his retirement from the medical device industry, he was awarded the Medtronic Lifetime Achievement Award for his career. He is a member of the First Families of Tennessee and the Sons of the Republic of Texas. Joe and Cindy are the parents of two grown sons.
NPSAB Member William Gardner "Billy" Hewes III


Gulfport, Mississippi

Term of appointment: 6/13/2018 - 6/13/2022
(*Mayor of Gulfport, Mississippi, adjacent to Gulf Islands National Seashore)

Billy Hewes is serving his second consecutive term as Mayor of Gulfport, Mississippi. As Gulfport's Mayor, he has built a team that is putting Mississippi's second largest city on the map by embracing development opportunities and creating a unique quality of place through collaboration and example-driven leadership. His focus on city livability includes incorporating bicycle paths and/or sidewalks in all new road projects, sportplex expansions, citywide festivals, conversion of abandoned floodplains into parks, trails, and the rebirth of blighted properties into urban renewal destinations--including birding trails, an award-winning alley reclamation, and a $90 million Mississippi Aquarium project in downtown (set to open in late 2019). These successes are serving as an economic stimulus for new construction and historic properties renovations across the City. In fostering a regional "One Coast" mindset, Billy has promoted a grassroots, rising-tide approach that acknowledges, when it comes to public and private sector enhancements, "what benefits one, ultimately benefits all." Hewes is past National Chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council, American City County Exchange, and the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission. He will take the helm of the Mississippi Municipal League as President in 2019, and serves on the Board of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District. Hewes has recently been appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce FirstNet Advisory Board. His business experience as an insurance and real estate agent, combined with 20 years of service in the Mississippi Senate--his last term as President Pro Tempore--have helped him to better understand the needs of his consitutents and find solutions for the improvement of his city, and the community, at large. Hewes holds a BS Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. He and his wife, Paula, have been married for 33 years, and are the proud parents of four children.

Photo of NPSAB Member Mary Pope Hutson


Sweet Briar, Virginia

Term of appointment: 6/13/2018 - 6/13/2022

Mary Pope Hutson is a passionate leader and fundraiser with extensive experience in the public service and not-for-profit sectors. Currently, she serves as the Vice President for Alumnae Relations and Development at Sweet Briar College. She was formerly the Executive Vice President of the Lands Trust Alliance in Washington, DC, where she managed the national public policy program for all conservation groups in America and led major fundraising efforts. With in-depth knowledge of public policy, land conservation and historic preservation issues, she was appointed as a member of the North American Wetlands Council by three Secretaries of the Interior. She formerly served as the Executive Director of the Lowcountry Open Land Trust in Charleston, South Carolina and was the first woman appointed as a Board member of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Early in her career, she served with United States Senator Jesse Helms, the Department of the Interior, Office of Territorial and International Affairs, and as a senior political aide to the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya appointed by President George H.W. Bush. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Hutson is a 1983 graduate of Sweet Briar College with a major in International Affairs. Since graduation, she has been an active volunteer for Sweet Briar and was recently inducted into the Sweet Briar Athletics Hall of Fame. Among her many accomplishments: She acted as a senior leader at the Lands Trust Alliance, raising $41 million for a capital campaign; was named to the Sweet Briar College Board of Directors and recently led a $28.5 million rescue campaign; for 30 years, advanced public policy initiatives at the Federal, State and local government levels; and protected millions of acres in America by passing tax incentives for farmers and ranchers, enabling them to keep their land.
Photo of NPSAB Member Ellis R. Ivory


Salt Lake City, Utah

Term of appointment: 10/16/2018 - 10/16/2022

Ellis Ivory is a graduate of the University of Utah, and is the founder of Utah's leading homebuilder, Ivory Homes, which has led the Utah market for 30 consecutive years. Ivory has served as Chair of the Utah Cancer Society, President of the Great Salt Lake Council of Boy Scourts and Chair of Deseret News Publishing Company. In the 1970s, he was elected Utah's Republican National Committeeman. Currently, he is Chair of Hope Clinic and Executive Director of This Is The Place Heritage Park. The Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce honored Ellis in 2009 as "Giant in Our City." He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business by the University of Utah in 2011; and in 2013 was named to the David Eccles School of Business Hall of Fame. Ellis has held many leadership positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As a young man, Ellis gave two years of full-time missionary service. From 1979 to 1982, he served as Mission President in Manchester, England. Ellis and his wife, Katie, have seven children and 27 grandchildren.
Photo of NPSAB Member Zelma Lansford


Chattanooga, Tennessee

Term of appointment: 6/13/2018 - 6/13/2022
Qualifications for selection: ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Dr. Zelma Lansford is a specialist in leadership who works internationally in individual and organizational development. She is experienced in understanding the National Park Service, how the agency functions, the needs of its employes, and its critical role in preserving our Nation's treasures and telling our Nation's stories. Dr. Lansford understands the culture--the rangers and interpreters, the fire crews, the women in management, and the many dedicated employees. She knows the value they provide and the challenges they face as they present America's story to visitors from around the world. She has served the parks professionally, fostering leadership, teamwork, learning, and executive development in the NPS from Yosemite to the Statue of Liberty, in the Division of Fire and Aviation Management in Boise, and in the Washington office. Dr. Lansford's roots in the national parks are deep. Her great-great-grandfather's farm was the scene of a major Civil War battle during the Chickamauga campaign. Her grandfather worked on early efforts for the preservation of the Park, and she grew up on the east side of Chickamauga Battlefield. Working as a volunteer to preserve this hallowed ground, its art, and its memorials to the soldiers of both sides, she became the first vice president when the Friends of Chickmauga and Chattanooga National Military Park was formed in 1986 to support the construction of a new visitor center. Dr. Lansford's background includes a bachelor of arts and masters degree from UTChattanooga, and doctorate at the University of Tennessee. She was an adjunct professor in the UT System, teaching graduate classes in Industrial/Organization Psychology and worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority until beginning a consulting business serving a wide range of business, healthcare, and manufacturing clients, along with the National Park Service. Her experience, years of work in the national parks, and her commitment to enhancing the agency, provide an exceptional background for her service to the National Park System Advisory Board.
Photo of NPSAB Member Dr. Less Moore


Pittsford, New York

Term of appointment: 10/16/2018 - 10/16/2022
Qualifications for selection: INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE; VETERAN

Dr. Les Moore practices naturopathic medicine and acupuncture in Pittsford, New York. He previously served for 12 years as the Director of Integrative Medicine at Clifton Springs Hospital in Clifton Springs, New York; and prior to that in the Integrative Complementary Medicine Program at FF Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua, New York. He was appointed and served for 10 years on the Board of Professional Medical Conduct for New York's State Department of Health and was a Fellow of the Federation of State Medical Boards. He was a member of the Department of the Interior's Health, Tourism, and Recreation Task Force on Obesity and was a founding member of Healthy Living Alliance, which branded the Finger Lakes region of New York as Nature's Health Club. He has worked and consulted as a medical hydrologist with mineral springs, including Saratoga Springs State Park, and was the founding chair of New York Spa Promotion Alliance. Dr. Moore also serves as the senior pastor of Wellspring Church in Clifton Springs, New York, which provides a food distribution program to 12,000 people per year, a furniture and clothing distribution point that provides items to 2,700 people per year, and a free clinic and pastoral conseling program. He served as a trustee and past president of the Clifton Springs Historical Society and as a director and curator of the Foster Cottage Museum. He received a Bachelor's degree in Natural Resources Management from Western Carolina University and a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine in Porland, Oregon. Dr. Moore served in the U.S. Army as an airborne infantry soldier, sergeant, and officer in various tactical assignments in motorized, mechanized, and light infantry units, including with 1st Recondo, 9th Infantry Division (Motorized); Spartan Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Division; and 187th Rakkasan Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.
Photo of NPSAB Member John L. Nau III


Houston, Texas

Term of appointment: 2/13/2018 - 2/13/2022
Qualifications for selection: HISTORY

John L. Nau III is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., the Nation's largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products. Silver Eagle employs over 1,500 employees that serve 16 counties in Texas through operations in Houston, San Antonio, Conroe, Cypress, Pasadena, Rosenberg, Carrizo Springs and Del Rio. Silver Eagle also distributes Grupo Modelo beers, a broad selection of microbrews and craft beers, and several non-alcohol beverages and waters. Nau's commitment to service is apparent through a broad spectrum of participation in civic, community, and philanthopic organizations in Houston and throughout the country. His current involvement includes Chairman of the Texas Historical Commission, National Park Foundation Board of Directors, American Battlefield Trust Board of Directors and Chairman Emeritus, The Texas State Historical Association Board of Directors, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation Board of Directors, Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees, Gilder Lehman Institute of American History Board of Trustees, University of Houston Board of Visitors, Honorary Trustee of the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Honorary Trustee of Texas Heart Institute, Honorary State Trustee for the San Antonio Parks Foundation and Advisory Council member to the Center for Big Bend Studies. He also serves as a Board Member for Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park, Houston Police Foundation and the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Steering Committee for the proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and from 2011 to 2015 served on the Board of Visitors, a position appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is founder and President of the Nau Foundation.
Photo of NPSAB Member Philip G. Pearce


College Station, Texas

Term of appointment: 6/13/2018 - 6/13/2022

Philip Pearce has been a paraplegic wheelchair user for almost 45 years, the result of an industrial accident while working during summer break from college. However, his disability did not prevent him from graduating from Texas A&M University with both an undergraduate degree and MBA. He has held several management and executive level positions during his career, and he is the owner of an enterprise in which he is currently engaged. Pearce has been honored to serve on numerous advisory boards and committees, many related to his expertise in ADA accessibility. He has numerous interests and hobbies, such as sports and exercise; and he is active in several church ministries, including building wheelchair ramps for people who cannot afford to build them for themselves. Pearce has also written two published children's books. He currently lives in College Station, Texas, with his wife, Karen. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.

Photo of NPSAB Member Boyd C. Smith


Palo Alto, California

Term of appointment: 2/27/2018 - 2/27/2022

Boyd C. Smith is Co-Founder and Partner of WSJ Properties LLC, a real estate development firm in Mountain View, California. Formed in 1972 with two other partners, WSJ Properties has developed, leased and managed approximately 5 million square feet of commercial and R&D buildings in the Palo Alto area. Prior to 1972, Smith was the Manager of Real Estate at Stanford University where he was responsible for overseeing the non-academic lands portfolio, the Stanford Shopping Center, and the Stanford Research Park. Smith has served as chairman and board member of multiple community service organizations. In 2002, Smith was the recipient of the Ed HIll Conservation Award presented by the Teton Regional Land Trust to individuals who demonstate extraordinary interest in conservation of the Upper Snake River Valley, Idaho. In cooperation with the Teton Land Trust, Smith has contractually established hundreds of acres in Teton Valley, Idaho, for permanent open space to protect vital habitat for fish, wildlife, and wildfowl. In 2003, he purchased Teton Ranch (founded in 1891) and over the past 15 years, has restored Teton Ranch by undertaking a variety of water, soil, and habitat conservation methods, the installation of modern irrigation techniques, the planting of thousands of trees and shrubs, and the restoration of a mile of South Leigh Creek to prevent erosion and to establish habitat for the Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout. Smith accomplished all of this with his own funds and with approval of State and Federal agencies. Teton Ranch demonstrates to other property owners the feasibility of combining a working farm and ranch with the aesthetic beauty of nature. Smith holds a BS degree in economics from the University of Utah and an MBA from Stanford University. He and his wife, Jill, reside in Palo Alto. They have five children and 20 grandchildren.

Last updated: June 10, 2020